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Mysterious lights in sky spur calls to State Patrol

Not everybody was watching the Superbowl last night, some Iowans were watching mysterious lights in the sky. The Iowa State Patrol got about a hundred calls from people who saw bright orange or red flashes in the southern sky between seven and eight P.M.

Some people thought it may've been an aircraft on fire, but none are missing. Experts say it may've been meteors but there's no known major meteor shower underway right now. Doug Rudd, of the Des Moines Astronomical Society, says he thinks it was "space debris, some satellite or a rocket booster that was coming back through the atmosphere and breaking up."

Comment: We have run a couple of other articles about this particular fireball. This article has, however, some classic rationalizations: there is no known major meteor shower underway at the moment, and so it must be space debris... except that ""The amount of data that's available to us to track those things is quite voluminous and when something like this does occur, it really does take people off guard."

We bet.

Notice they are saying no "major" meteor shower underway, which should give some indication as to the spectacular show people saw on Sunday night.

And, somehow, we have the feeling that it is only going to get worse. People are going to be caught more and more off guard... and not from space debris.


Reports of falling objects in Missouri, Illinois

St. Louis - Dozens of people in Missouri and southern Illinois reported seeing flaming objects falling from the sky Sunday evening.

People reported small objects that looked like bright lights or something burning, with flaming tails behind some of them, said Ken Tretter of Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Louis.

He said the reports came in from a widespread area, including St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Pettis County in Missouri and near Alton and Bunker Hill in Illinois.

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Great ball of fire was a meteor

A large ball of fire spotted in the sky at 7:52 p.m. Sunday was a meteor, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff 's Department.

An individual in the area of State Highway 44, south of Oshkosh, spotted a fireball the "size of an airplane" in the sky, Sgt. Gordon Ledioyt said. Other calls followed.

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Meteorite, not UFO, lands in Didim

POLICE were inundated with calls from scores of people from Didim to Bodrum after they heard a big bang and a flash of light across the skies.

Despite officers being unable to explain the flashing green, yellow and red lights, Voices has solved the phenomena.

It was not a UFO but a meteorite which crash through the earth's atmosphere and landed in Yeşilkent.

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Car-destroying chunk may be icy meteor

TAMPA, Fla. -- Andre Javage says he was just amazed when first he saw his car after ice fell from the sky and destroyed his car.

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Mashed Mustang. Big chunk of ice destroyed car in Tampa. Tampa Bay's 10 image.


Waikato fireball still a mystery

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it a bird striking a plane?
The exploding fireball which reportedly crashed to earth in or around Lake Waikare, near Te Kauwhata, on Sunday afternoon has so far proved a mystery.


What Was That? Strange Lights In South Carolina Skies

Greenville, South Carolina -- It's the talk of the town and beyond. On radio, on television and by Internet from the world over, the question of the day has been: So what was that in the sky last night.

Hundreds of folks across the region called and e-mailed media outlets and the National Weather Service to report to report strange blue lights in the night sky Wednesday at about 8:15 p.m.

"We had several calls last night from people around the area who saw lights in the sky," Larry Lee of the National Weather Service told WYFF News 4's Nigel Robertson.

What was it?

"We have no idea," Lee said.


What was that thing? East Tennesseans report strange light in the sky

Meteor photographed over Tennessee in January 2007

Numerous East Tennesseans reported seeing a bright green light streak through the sky Wednesday night. Police dispatchers said they got so many calls, they didn't have time to count them.

Reports on its direction of travel varied somewhat. Most accounts on its shape and color reported it being blue-green with a comet-like tail, and many callers to WBIR were surprised by the size of it.

WBIR's own Steve Phillips saw the light as he returned from dinner and said it was larger than he expected a meteor to be.

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Mysterious Lights in the Sky

Last night, (Wednesday 24th Jan 2007) blue and green lights were spotted in the sky around eight o'clock. People from all across the upstate and western North Carolina reported seeing the light streak through the sky toward the ground. Sheriff's offices in Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg counties say they received dozens of calls reporting the lights. One of our viewers wrote in to tell us what she saw.


Mystery light seen across Wales

A flashing light reported "streaking" through the skies across much of Wales at breakfast time could have been a meteor, an expert believes.

The light was first seen at 0730 GMT, with one eyewitness describing it as a "long line, thicker at one end, bluey-green and flashing".

Reports of the light came in from the Lleyn Peninsula through to Swansea.

Jay Tate from Spaceguard UK said it was most likely to be a piece of space debris entering the earth's atmosphere.

"It was frightening," said Morfudd Parry Roberts from Aberdaron, Gwynedd.

"I was sitting having a cup of coffee by the window when I saw it (the light) move from the north towards the south.

"It was a long line, thicker at the front end. It was quite frightening because it seemed so big."